A new multimedia report from Oxfam America highlights the harsh conditions endured by laborers at chicken processing facilities in the US. While workers reportedly processed roughly 14,000 chickens in a workday, they were paid an average of $11 an hour, and suffered exceptionally high rates of injury due to the repetitive and dangerous nature of the work.
The USDA is looking into pathogen testing by chicken-processing plants to determine if aggressive bacteria-killing chemicals are creating false test results. This infographic illustrates how it happens. [Washington Post]
The greatest risks to water quality come from cumulative impacts of extreme weather events that happen sequentially, like a drought followed by a wildfire followed by a flood, says joint Australian-US study. As climate change likely increases the frequency of extreme weather events, resilience must be built into the management of watersheds and water treatment systems for recovery to happen. [Sunday Morning Herald]
A new National Research Council report examines possible "tipping points" that might occur if the rate of groundwater pumping rapidly increases. As surface water-scarce regions get drier amidst climate change, early warning water and drought monitoring systems could be necessary to protect precious resources. [Circle of Blue]
GAO Report on Food Safety
Major supermarkets mislead consumers by marketing factory farmed chicken as "natural" or "antibiotic free." Tell the supermarket CEOs to offer more humanely raised chicken at their stores!
Maybe you've heard that meat is cancer - not true. The nuance of all of this might be lost amidst the news and social media buzz ever since a WHO study announced that processed and red meat might increase your chance of cancer. Hold on - and no need to worry - we'll help sort it out.
In a major blow to the meat industry, an expert panel convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that consuming processed meats like hot dogs, ham and bacon increases the risk of colon cancer, and that eating other red meats "probably" raises the risk as well. While the increased risk is relatively small, experts note that the findings further support the value of moderating meat consumption.
Less than a year before the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, then-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was warned by one of Massey's top safety officials about serious problems at his company's operations, according to a new memo that surfaced earlier this year. The memo is now among the key evidence prosecutors hope to use to prove criminal charges against Blankenship. [West Virginia Gazette]